Mustang ace Clayton Kelly Gross was assigned to the 355th Fighter Squadron, 354th Fighter Group, shares his one encounter with a Luftwaffe pilot flying a Messerschmitt Bf-109. Gross flew 105 combat missions and finished the war with six aerial victories, his final victory over an ME 262, the world's first operational jet aircraft.


A German fighter pilot: "When I was transferred to a squadron for home defense against heavy four engined bombers with their fighter escorts, I finally met the P-47 and, later, the P-51. My recollections of these two aircraft are not happy ones. The P-51 was something else. It was an awful antagonist, in the truest sense of that word and we hated it. It could do everything we could do and do it much better." --Walter Wolfrum.

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